Wow, what a coincidence.
I too have been eyeballing the ipad 2 with similar concerns as OP!
I just joined this forum (after weeks of lurking around and reading here) to make a thread like this!
Ipad 3 rumours concern me alot, I don't want to shell out Â£400 or more for a device that may be outdated before Christmas.
There are many good reasons iPad3 won't happen this year. First of all, there is little competition to drive the need. Vaporware is everywhere and the hype is high but not believable. Apple is setup to deliver up to 4 million iPad2's per month. Setting up to build iPad3 (that no one knows what it is) is just not unreasonable in a business sense. They just introduced iPad2.
You make a good point with the numbers.
But what about that "anonymous Apple staff member" who said the following:
The Apple employee told CultofMac, "For the iPad 2, don't get your hopes up too high. That's all I'm going to say."
Immediately going against his previous statement, he then went to clarify, "They've had a number of problems along the way, and the third-generation iPad is the one to make a song and dance about."
There have been rumours that we'll see a third iPad hit the stands later this year, and this particular source told the website that the iPad 3 is indeed on track for a launch later this year.
Has this anonymous Apple staffer ever been right?